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USS Stark Memorial Service #109298

ABC Evening News for Friday, May 22, 1987
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(Studio: Peter Jennings) Report introduced.

(DC: Sam Donaldson) Memorial service in Florida for victims of Iraqi attack on USS Stark, attended by President and Nancy Reagan, featured; scenes shown. [REAGAN - considers Stark victims heroes; defs. United States naval presence in Persian Gulf; eulogizes crew.] Contd. debate over Reagan's agreement to protect Kuwait oil tankers noted. [Senator John GLENN - questions US commitment to war over issue.] White House spokesperson Marlin Fitzwater said claiming President disagrees with remark made yesterday by assistant secretary state Richard Murphy on prospects of war with Iran; details outlined on screen.

(Studio: Peter Jennings) Report introduced.

(Mayport Naval Stn., Florida: Jim Wooten) Families' effort to cope with Stark deaths as illustrated by memorial service here noted; details given, scenes shown. [Commander Franklin TAYLOR - conducts memorial service.] [REAGAN - eulogizes crew.] (Studio: Peter Jennings) Iraq President Saddam Hussein's latest message of condolence to White House quoted; Iraq mentioned agreeing in principal to pay compensation to families and Navy.

Donaldson, Sam;
Jennings, Peter;
Wooten, Jim

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